Why Does Hardware Matter in a Software-Defined Data Center?
- May 30, 2019
Today, organizations with a modernized infrastructure (aka “modernized” firms) are much better positioned to handle emerging technologies than their competitors with aging hardware. Modernized firms can quickly scale to meet changing needs. They understand the importance of flexibility, especially when it comes to handling demanding applications and processing the insane amount of data inundating us from all angles!
The right software-defined data center (SDDC) solutions can help organizations address those heavy demands and accommodate future growth. SDDC breaks down traditional silos and plays a critical role in a firm’s data center transformation. Since all elements in an SDDC are virtualized – servers, storage, and networking – they can easily adapt and decrease the time to deploy new applications.
With all these benefits, it’s no surprise that most organizations see value in SDDC as a long-term strategy. They want to be there, and know they need to be there to succeed long-term. But getting to that point is a journey – and one that must start with the right foundation.
Setting the Record Straight
When it comes to SDDC, one of the biggest misconceptions is that hardware doesn’t really matter. Those of us in hardware don’t take it personally (after all, it is SDDC, not HDDC). But that mindset couldn’t be further from the truth. Having the right hardware doesn’t just matter, it’s critical. Why? For one thing, SDDC runs on hardware. This may seem like a given, but without the right servers in place you can’t do all the other cool stuff that comes along with SDDC. Servers are the foundation of SDDC, and without a solid foundation? Well, we all know what happened to the guy that built his house on the sand…
To provide a little more context, here are 6 Reasons Hardware Matters in an SDDC:
The journey to an SDDC can be challenging, and unfortunately the path to get there isn’t clear cut. But if you start with a solid foundation, including the right servers, you’ll be positioned to adapt and grow to meet your changing business needs.
For more info about the importance of server refresh and modern infrastructure, check out Forrester’s recent study Why Faster Refresh Cycles and Modern Infrastructure Management Are Critical to Business Success or the Dell EMC eBook The Journey to a Software-Defined Data Center.
 A commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Dell EMC, “Why Faster Refresh Cycles and Modern Infrastructure Management Are Critical to Business Success,” May 2019.